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Sanjay Manjrekar dissects Virat Kohli’s poor show in WTC Final
By SMCS - Jun 9, 2023 11:45 am
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Former India batter Sanjay Manjrekar said that Virat Kohli’s commitment to playing on the front foot no matter what cost him his wicket on Day 2 of the World Test Championship (WTC) final against Australia. However, Kohli was dismissed for 14 as India were reduced to 151/5 in response to Australia’s first-innings total of 469 on Thursday, June 8. Veteran pacer Mitchell Starc got a delivery to bounce awkwardly at him, who could only hit it to the slip as well.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten fifty

Manjrekar told ESPNcricinfo during a discussion after end of play on Day 2: “Virat Kohli, a lot was being said about the ball that was bowled. But, I looked at the pitch map and the ball actually has pitched halfway. It’s a short ball and if you see Virat Kohli [his position], that’s a problem that I have got with Kohli for the last couple of years, where he’s on the front foot no matter what.”

He continued: “That ball is short. Unfortunately, it reared up from a length. But when you are getting onto the front foot, that back foot is outside the front crease. So both his legs are outside the crease and he is trying to negotiable a ball that has reared from halfway down the pitch. It’s a snorter if the ball is up on good length, where most batters will get onto the front foot. That’s why I have become a proponent of back foot play. He’s gone on to the front foot and once the ball rears if you have committed onto the front foot, you have got no chance.”

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli was visibly disappointed with his dismissal

However, Virat Kohli looked good during his 31-ball stay at the crease and hit two fours before falling to Starc. India batting legend Sunil Gavaskar also said the same on Kohli’s dismissal.

Gavaskar told Star Sports: “Today because of the fact that there are only two bouncers per over, most batters are onto the front foot. This means they are not able to get onto the back foot and give themselves the extra yard where you could have probably let the ball go by dropping your wrists.”Yes, it was a tough delivery because he was so committed to the front foot that he was not able to withdraw his bat at the last moment. It looked like an unplayable ball, but if he had been on the back foot, he would have been able to drop his wrists.”